What constitutes fair use?

Mark Braley mark.lscv at mindspring.com
Sun May 14 18:29:50 EDT 2006

Also: Noone is going to file suit without doing a cease and desist letter 
first.  Mark Braley
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bill DiBenedetto" <billdi at earthlink.net>
To: <modlib at algol.owu.edu>
Sent: Sunday, May 14, 2006 1:44 PM
Subject: RE: What constitutes fair use?

>I think its okay to use as many illustrations as we want. These are
> illustrations that are 50 or 60 years old, so in most cases the copyrights
> that may have existed have probably expired. However, to be safe, I think 
> a
> representative sample of the illustrations, less than 50 percent out of an
> edition, would be fine.
> I don't think Scot has run into any copyright infringement problems by
> reproducing ML DJs on dogeared (yet) so I frankly see little difference
> between that activity and using a few illustrations on the site.
> It's also a web thing where virtually anything goes and adherence to
> traditional copyrighting principles is a grey area and impossible to apply
> uniformly. I don't know if anyone these days really has a handle on how
> copyrights, especially old copyrights, apply online, which is why using
> some, but not all illustrations would be the safest option.
> Of course I'm no copyright lawyer, so everything I've said could be utter
> nonsense.
> bill
> 206-491-0296 (work)
> 206-963-0499 (personal)

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